Saif Ali Khan is on a promotional spree for his upcoming movie, Laal Kaptaan. He is portraying the role of a naga sadhu in the movie. The film is slated to hit the theatres on October 18. The first look of Saif Ali Khan came out recently, and his look was compared to actor Johnny Depp’s look from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. Saif Ali Khan’s look for the movie is that of an assassin, dressed as a sadhu, with a tilak on his forehead, long hair, and beard, a red forehead strap and kohl eyes. However, Laal Kaptaan’s stylist, Darshan denied any resemblance to Johnny Depp’s character.
In an interview with leading daily, Darshan said that Johnny Depp’s character was not his inspiration. He further revealed that the thought did not even come to his mind when he created Saif’s look. The only thought and vision was to create the look of a Naga sadhu. He added that he went to Varanasi to get some inspiration for the look. He also described his observation about the looks of Naga Sadhus, which involved applying bhabhuti- a white powder, along with other essentials like dreadlocks, scruffy beard, and red tilak.
Darshan told about director Navdeep Singh giving him a schematic brief about what he wanted. He added that after Navdeep’s first narration, when he went to meet him, Navdeep gave him 46 folders with detailed information about designing the look. Darshan exclaimed that Navdeep was well-prepared and clear about what he wanted. Later, Darshan briefed Saif Ali Khan to grow his hair and beard. He quoted that he prefers using real hair before moulding it. He appreciated Saif Ali Khan for his patience, as it took 30 minutes to prepare for the look test. This is because they had to align the hair and beard instead of just pasting it.
The comparison of the looks was also based on the bandana, as for some scenes, Saif was spotted wearing a bandana, the same way as Johnny did in his Pirates of the Carribean movie. Darshan claims this similarity to be a mere coincidence. The stylist justified himself by saying that the bandana may be close to that look, but it is only coincidental. He also told that even if he designs something classic, it will be considered a replica of Hollywood or French cinematic character. Darshan exclaimed that maybe Johnny Depp took inspiration from Naga Sadhu, as it goes well with the character brief. Lastly, he concluded that just because Saif has dreadlocks in the look, he is compared to the lead of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Laal Kaptaan is a story of a merciless assassin who is in a quest for revenge. He faces many hurdles during his mission. The cast of the movie includes Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Zoya Hussain, Manav Vij, and Deepak Dobriyal. The movie is directed by Navdeep Singh.